Bus Ministry Forum?

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by ChurchBusDriver, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. ChurchBusDriver

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    Does anyone know where there is a good Bus Ministry forum to discuss the different aspects of the Bus Ministry? Such as planning/programs/training, etc.
     
  2. Squire Robertsson

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    While the topic is too narrow to rate a forum of its own on BB, please feel free to post any items here in this forum.
     
  3. USN2Pulpit

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    Squire, I think he's asking if there's another Bulletin Board out here somewhere that talks about this subject exclusively. Not sure...maybe I'll try to find one on my search engine.
     
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    I kinda thought so. But can't I be hospitable? He's still welcome to post here.
     
  6. USN2Pulpit

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    Sorry...of course you can be hospitable. I've seen you do it before!

    It would be interesting to get another bus thread going here. I think I remember how the last one went.
     
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    ChurchBusDriver, how big is your church's bus rout?
     
  8. ChurchBusDriver

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    Sorry about not getting back sooner, they keep us pretty busy over here in Iraq, I appreciate the hospitality and the help. I'm actually the bus director, but I'm vacationing this year in the backside of the desert. When I left we were running a bus, three vans and a car, right now since most of the men are in Iraq, the Church is running two vans and a bus, and still bringing about 30-50 a week. (we are located in Allenhusrt, Ga., just outside of Ft. Stewart)
    I'm still learning about the Bus Ministry, and was curious how others did things, anything that helps isn't bad.
     
  9. Bible Believing Bill

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    A Bus Ministry seems to be falling into my lap. For the past several years we have taken two of Jeanne's cousins to church with us. It's gotten difficult recently because we are down to one car and its a Neon. That means we are taking 6 people to church in a Neon. Not exactly the safest way to do it.

    Now last week a couple of the neighbor kids wanted to go, and their father offered to let us use his car in addition to ours. Very nice of him I thought. He said "I've got insurance on it and you are taking my kids so go ahead." One of the kids got sick that Sunday, but they are planning on going tomorrow.

    Then on Wed. night three other neighborhood kids wanted to go with us, we could only take two in the Neon so one couldn't go.

    Our church has a bus and a large van. The van is rarely used, so one of the men is going to bring it to our house to pick everyone up. If all of the kids who have said they want to go show up we should be taking 6 neighborhood kids, our family of four, and Jeanne's two cousins.

    Bill
     
  10. FBCPastorsWife

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    :eek: How many kids had to ride in the trunk!!

    What a blessing it is that you are able to take other children to church with you. [​IMG]
     
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    Bus ministry huh?
    I have sort of a comical tale. Our church purchased a bus from another church. One minor problem, out pastor has the only CDL in the church. In the interest of safety and legal issues, I asked the State Patrol to conduct a safety check on it. I know this because I was the Deacon of vehicles at another church and there are laws pertaining to that issue.

    The State Patrol Investigator came to the church to do the check, I met him there and showed him where the bus was parked.

    He said"ok move the bus over to a another area" , I said "I can't, I don't have a CDL". He gave me a curious look and asked"who does?".

    I told him the pastor does. The inspector chuckled and said ok, is he here?

    I had forgot that the pastor had the only CDL and did'nt ask him to be around when the inspector came. Just then the pastor walks out to the parking lot and asked if he should move the bus.

    Could that have been devine intervention? Albeit the inspector could have moved it.

    [​IMG] :D :rolleyes: ;)
     
  12. Squire Robertsson

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    And here we thought y'all were missionary driver running a route for Calvary Baptist-Bagdad. ;)
     
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    I was saved through the bus ministry at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church in Asheville, NC in 1975. The Lord graciously allowed me to serve Him in the bus ministry at First Baptist Church Daytona Beach from 1988 to 1993, until I had to move to Jackson, MS. I had great times of serving the Lord and ministered to many fantastic children. I miss the bus ministry, but I guess its heyday has come and gone.
     
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    I hope I didn't mislead anyone. My heart goes out to the missionaries over here, a couple of weeks ago a Baptist missionary was killed in Baghdad by terrorists.

    As far as the heyday of the Bus Ministry being come and gone, I'm not so sure, maybe on a national level. But the God we serve is still the God when the Bus Ministry was in it's heyday, and I believe God still blesses the Bus Ministry because it's aim is to reach the lost.

    I've only been involved with the bus ministry for three years, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I always enjoy hearing other folks misadventures in the bus ministry. :D Bro. Bill if I count right you already have a van full, praise the Lord [​IMG]
     
  15. WallyGator

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    BB Bill,
    Some of the most gratifying times in my life were when my wife and I would take 5 or 6 kids to church every week. BTW, we would make meaningful contacts in the local laundrymat. I was on staff in the late 70's with a church that had a fleet of 15 school buses and bussed 400-500 every Sunday. Seems because of economics and change of purpose that there are few large bus ministries left or am I mistaken?
     
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    Wally,

    Im not sure what you would consider large, but there are still lots out there who run at least one bus, and I know of alot of who run several. We have 8 that go out every Saturday. Due to space issues we run our bus route program on Saturday.

    ChurchBusDriver, I know of a missionary whose whole ministry is to church's bus route ministries. He helps with mechanical issues, teaching bus workers, helping them in legal areas, all sorts of things. I can give you some of his info, if you'd like. Maybe he would be a good resource for you.
     
  17. ChurchBusDriver

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    Bapmom,

    If you'd want to private email the information to get a hold of him that would be great, because I do have some questions on some legal/adminstrative type things that I could use some insight on. I appreciate the help. Thanks.

    Alan
     
  18. Squire Robertsson

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    No, you didn't mislead anybody. I just figured you're in a very humorless part of the world. So, I wanted to give you a bright spot. 'Sides, when you get Stateside, you can talk about the new meaning of the blue and gold routes. I'd try for some more humor but it might be in even poorer taste.
     
  19. ChurchBusDriver

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    Dear Squire,

    Very much did enjoy the bright spot, just don't want someone thinking I was doing something else. This place does give a whole new meaning to a lot of things, from traffic jams to garbage along the road, you are right, it is a very humorless place, but we do the best to pass the time and find humor where we can. But the good Lord has promised us better days ahead. And I'll say Amen to that.
     
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    Now, when you get home, don't start referring to Route Alpha, Route Bravo, or Route Kilo. Nor when somebody talks about the rough time they are having on their route (the kids, the traffic, ect.), you are not to say (no matter how true or tempting), "You think your route's rough; try driving the Fallujah Route, Brother."
     

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